Infobox musical artist
Name = Jim Causley
Background = group_or_band
Born = birth date and age|1981|10|31
Whimple, Devon, England
Traditional Devonshire folk music
Years_active = 1999 - present
Label = WildGoose Records
Jim Causley is an English folk singer,
songwriter, and musicianfrom Whimple, in the heart of CyderCountry in East Devon. He was born on October 31, 1981.
Jim Causley is a young
folksinger/musician from Devonwho specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Countryand Devonin particular. Hailing from the village of Whimplein East Devon, Causley was born in Exeterin 1981 to Ross & Jo Causley, prominent singers on the Devonfolk scene in their own right and relations to the Cornish poet Charles Causley. Causley grew up surrounded by traditional music from his family, his village in the heart of CiderCountry with its thriving wassailingtradition, its close proximity to Sidmouthand Dartmoor folk festivals and being a long standing member of the renowned PennymoorSingaround. After studying music at Exeter College, Causley moved to Newcastle where he joined the second intake of the then new Folk and Traditional Musicdegree course at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. It was during this time that he began gaining a reputation as talented singer on the wider UK folk scene.
Causley released his debut album 'Fruits of the Earth' on
WildGoose Recordsin 2005 to great acclaim and since then his reputation as a fine singer of great character and skill has escalated. Widely noted for his rich, fruity bass voice and cheeky stage presence, Causley was snapped up my Martyn Wyndham-Readto guest on his landmark Song Links 2 ( Fellside Records) album which linked English traditional songs with their American variants.
In 2006 Causley was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award under the Horizon Award (best newcomer) category and in 2007 his vocal trio,
The Devil's Intervalwere nominated for the same award again. With The Devil's Interval, Causley has toured with as part of their annual Frost and Fire tour for three consecutive years and in 2006 collaborated with them on their celebrated album ' Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man' ( Topic Records). The Devil's Interval also released their debut album in that year; 'Blood & Honey' (WildGoose Records) and received rave reviews accompanied by a cover article in the highly respected fRootsMagazine.
What's he up to now?!
After graduating from university, Causley returned to
Devonwhere alongside performing across the UK he works with the Wren Trust, a community music organisation which was set up to encourage traditional arts and music in Devon and to reconnect people with their local heritage. Causley also plays an important role in the annual Whimple Wassailceremony, being the official leader of the singing and musicians. Recent projects include working with Scottish fiddle guru John McCuskerin his Under One Sky project uniting the English and Scottish traditions and also touring with Essex foursome, Mawkin as Mawkin:Causley.
* Jim Causley - Fruits of the Earth, 2005 (WildGoose)
* Various - Song Links 2, 2005 (Fellside)
* Paul Cornwall - Fortune's Wheel, 2005 (Aragon Mill)
* Various - 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 2005 (Proper)
* The Devil's Interval - Blood & Honey, 2006 (WildGoose)
Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man, 2006 ( Topic Records)
* Various - 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 2006 (Proper)
* Various - Folk Rising, 2007 (Proper)
* Various - The Mother of all Morris, 2007 (Talking Elephant)
* Jim Causley - Lost Love Found, 2007 (WildGoose)
* Mawkin:Causley - Cold Ruin, 2008 (Navigator)
* Various - Folk Rising 2, 2008 (Proper)
* Jackie Oates - The Violet Hour, 2008 (Chudleigh Roots)
* Jim Moray - Low Culture, 2008 (NIAG)
* Bill Murray & Friends - Dow 'pon Ole Dartymoor, 2008 (Wren)
* [http://www.jimcausley.co.uk The Official Jim Causley Site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/jimcausley Jim Causley MySpace page]
* [http://www.thedevilsinterval.co.uk The Devil's Interval]
* [http://www.mawkin.co.uk Mawkin:Causley]
* [http://www.watersoncarthy.com Waterson:Carthy]
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